The University of Pennsylvania offers STARTALK high school academies in Urdu and Chinese. These intensive, non-residential summer programs engage students in a wide range of activities and projects designed to immerse students in the host language and increase cultural knowledge.
Dates for the Summer 2014 Urdu Academy will be available in early spring 2014!
Urdu is the national language of Pakistan and is one of the most critical languages for understanding the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. It is an Indo-European language with influences from Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, and Turkish. This program will provide students with the unique opportunity to study this language before entering college.
The 3-week intensive curriculum provides an opportunity for high school students to experience an immersive language environment to gain skills that may be applied to real situations. Students will have ample opportunity to practice as they learn Urdu from experienced Penn faculty through thematic conversations and activities while participating in many authentic cultural settings.
Experts in the fields of Art History, Health Sciences, History, Politics, and Literature will expose students to Pakistan’s rich history and culture, and the country’s unique place in the world today. Small class sizes (10:1) ensure that students are given individualized attention. Students will leave the program with greater faculty and understanding of the Urdu language and Pakistan at the college level.
We invite applications from students who will be entering grades 9 through 12 in the Fall in public and private schools in Philadelphia and neighboring regions. Prior knowledge of Urdu is not required.
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
The Urdu Academy is available to students on a for-credit or non-credit basis. Students enrolled in the for-credit option will be graded upon participation and performance and will be eligible for a University of Pennsylvania transcript upon successful completion of the program. Seats are limited to five students in the non-credit option and seven students in the for-credit option, so apply early for first pick.
For-credit tuition: $TBD
Non-credit tuition: Free
Applications for the Summer 2014 Urdu Academy should be open in mid Spring 2014! Pleaase check back frequently for program updates.
For information and applications for the Startalk Chinese Academy please see the Center for East Asian Studies STARTALK page.
Experienced and qualified Penn faculty will serve as primary course instructors. Guest speakers will enrich the program through engaging activities and lectures designed to introduce cultural information.